The advocacy trap

Transnational activism and state power in China

By Stephen Noakes

The advocacy trap


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1947-6
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: November 2017
  • BIC Category: International Relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Society & social sciences / Political activism, Society & social sciences / International relations, China
  • Series: Alternative Sinology


What does China's rise mean for transnational civil society? What happens when global activist networks engage a powerful and norm-resistant new hegemon? This book combines detailed ethnographic research with cross-case comparisons to identify key factors underpinning variation in the results and processes of advocacy on a range of issues affecting both China and the world, including global warming, intellectual property rights, HIV/AIDS treatment, the use of capital punishment, suppression of the Falun Gong religious movement, and Tibetan independence. Built on a unique blend of comparative and international theory, it advances the notion of "advocacy drift"-a process whereby the objectives and principled beliefs of activists are transformed through interaction with the Chinese state. The book offers a timely reassessment of transnational civil society, including its power to persuade and to leverage the policies of national governments.<b/>


Stephen Noakes is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Asian Studies at the University of Auckland


Introduction: the superpower's dilemma: to appease, repress, or transform transnational advocacy networks?
1 Mechanisms of persuasion: when and how are advocacy campaigns effective?
2 The power of state preferences: the 'natural cases' of the campaigns for Falun Gong and IPR protection
3 Reading the 'lay of the land': intercessory advocacy and causal process in the HIV/ AIDS treatment and death penalty abolitionist campaigns
4 State- directed advocacy: the 'drift' phenomenon in the 'free Tibet' and global warming campaigns
5 Strategic considerations, tough choices: how state preferences influence campaign forms
Conclusion: state power as reality

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